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FREE Feature Article From THH Issue 60: Endocrinopathic Laminitis by Dr. Jaini Clougher, BSc, BVSc

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Bitless Riding
Our extensive collection of articles and links to bitless information.
A Bitless-Bit for Dressage/High School RidersMy Bitless Story

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Star Wheel Hackamore

Be a Star!!! This "bitless-bit" from Sweden with the unique star design feels and rides nearly identical to a bit. It comes with a fully adjustable, genuine leather noseband (padded with fleece or neoprene) and chinstrap - in black or brown. Now also available in "Gold"! Priced at only $64.95!

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Dr. Cook®

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The Horse's Hoof Magazine Spring 2016-Issue 62
Released on April 1st, 2016 - 52 pages!

- "I will NEVER shoe another horse" – Nick Hill by Linda Chamberlain
- A Year in Hoof Pictures by Ilona Chodnicka
- Creating a Bitless Solution by Wendy Wainwright, inventor of the Orbitless
- Energy Healing for Horses by Holly Davis
- The Truth About Beet Pulp by Marijke van de Water
- 2016 Barefoot Cover Horse Contest Grand Prize Winner: Lindsey Partridge & Soar! Harmony with Barefoot and Bitless Thoroughbreds
- 2016 Barefoot Cover Horse Contest: 6 Runners-Up & 33 Honorable Mentions
- Seymora’s Story, Sometimes Things Just Turn Out Right! by Darolyn Butler (barefoot endurance horse story)
- Measuring Movement using Pedometers by Sarah Packowski
- Increase Comfort, Reduce Risk: The Bitless Bridle by Jessica Jahiel, PhD
- The Truth about Big Lick Shoes by Keith Dane
- Barefoot/Bitless News

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Welcome to The Horse's Hoof, News for Barefoot Horse and Hoof Care
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"The Horse's Hoof" is this informational website, as well as a quarterly 40-50+ page FULL COLOR online magazine, published since 2000 (available in our online store). The Horse’s Hoof, both magazine and website, is a generic barefoot resource for both horseowners and professionals, created in 2000 by barefoot advocates James & Yvonne Welz. The Horse's Hoof is for everyone! We welcome and encourage all methods and theories of barefoot trimming, and support all forms of hoof care that focus on creating healthier hooves over the long-term. We advocate finding compromises to create more natural, healthier living conditions for all horses. We believe that a good system of barefoot horse care is the ultimate prevention against most serious hoof ailments that affect our domestic horses.

While barefoot can be used successfully for the rehabilitation of unhealthy feet, our main focus is on preventing unhealthy feet in the first place - through education and awareness. It is our goal that barefoot becomes a widely accepted choice for performance horses around the world, with hooves raised carefully from birth to be superior in every way. It can be done - we have that information available now, and many people are putting that to action (see the Barefoot Performance page). Using this knowledge, no horse should ever need to suffer catastrophic founder. The younger you begin a barefoot program with your horse, the better (ideally, at birth), but most horse's hooves can be significantly improved, and even become healthy enough to do whatever activity you desire. Barefoot is NOT a fad, or anything new - after all, horses were born with bare hooves. Learning to keep them that way successfully is the job of the barefoot horse owner, and we're here to help. Healthy hooves create happy horses!

The Horse’s Hoof includes a wide variety of information and links throughout this website, and in our magazine. The magazine contents are mostly different from the website, though we do include some articles on here from past issues (Click here for the Contents List). You will find articles and information from and about all the leading experts in the field, including Jaime Jackson, Dr. Robert Bowker, Dr. Hiltrud Strasser, Pete Ramey, KC La Pierre, and many others, as well as experiences and stories from various practitioners and owners. We include a wide variety of material, some of it contradictory, as there are many differences of opinion - and we don't personally agree with everything we publish. We encourage and promote this interchange, because we feel this is what will kick barefoot hoofcare up to the next level!

If you would like to read the personal opinions of James & Yvonne Welz, please visit our membership hoofcare educational website, Hoof Help Online (, which provides detailed how-to trimming instructions and advice through a wide variety of media, and presents our ideas and philosophies on hoofcare that we have personally developed over the past 15 years. Hoof Help Online Flyer

Barefoot hoofcare is a young, developing art and science. There is so much ahead to discover. After over 20 years of hoof study, the leading hoof researcher in the U.S., Dr. Robert Bowker, says, "There is so much that we still don't know about the hoof!"

For more introductory barefoot info, we highly recommend Joe Camp's website and his books, especially The Soul of a Horse — Life Lessons from the Herd and Horses & Stress – Eliminating the Root Cause of Most Health, Hoof and Behavior Problems.

A Timeline of the Barefoot Movement by Yvonne Welz from The Horse's Hoof Issue 50
Using the archived files of THH, a detailed outline of barefoot events over this past 15 years is constructed--for the first time ever!
Yvonne writes, "This is NOT a complete history by any means, but just some of the more important points along the way of this past 15 years of the Barefoot Movement. I hope that after reading this document, you now realize just how newly developed the barefoot movement really is. And how we are ALL responsible for making history, at this very moment!"

50th Issue Retrospective from The Horse's Hoof Issue 50
(This is a huge article!! An extensive look back at the barefoot movement from many different points of view!)
by Yvonne Welz and 15 famous barefoot advocates: Dr. Hiltrud Strasser, Dr. Robert Bowker, Dr. Robert Cook, Pete Ramey, Cindy Sullivan, Gretchen Fathauer, Cheryl Henderson, Sabine Kells, Claudia Garner, Greg Sokoloski, Darolyn Butler, Garrett Ford, Carole Herder, Joe Camp, and James Welz

Breaking Hoof News....

(for archive of all previous news items, please visit our News page)

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What BETTER way to keep you abreast of barefoot news? I'll try to keep you posted with a steady stream of news and happenings in the barefoot world, as well as special interest stories about the things that matter to those who love natural horse care. And I'll tell you what is going on with James & I. (This current "old fashioned" news section will filter down to just the more important "stand-out" news items.)

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New Barefoot Horse Resource

Barefoot Horse Info - Looking for a barefoot trimmer, hoofcare course, or just a good hoof book? Website owner of says, "Last January I launched to make it easier for UK horse owners to find a barefoot trimmer, and to understand what training and professional bodies were available. Since then over 70 trimmers from almost every county have added their details to the site." She includes barefoot friendly livery yards, equine bodyworkers and sections on hoof boots, nutrition, blogs and magazines, support groups. This is a great barefoot trimming database website!


New Book from Carole Herder: "There Are No Horseshoes in Heaven: Escape the Limits of Tradition and Discover the Path to Perfect Health for You and Your Horse"

What would it be like to know what you need to keep your horse healthy and sound? What can you do every day to make the most of your experience with your horse? There are No Horseshoes in Heaven offers a profound and passionate exploration of past patterns, guiding you through an entertaining and thought-provoking invitation to make alternative choices. Protect your horse from pain and discomfort, maximize your riding experience and gain insight into the ‘hot spots’ for horses, through scientific evidence and real-life stories.

"A beautifully written true story of a kindred spirit's journey through life discovering ways to leave the world a better place for horses and for people, too. ~ Monty Roberts

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Pete Ramey Heading DOWN UNDER!
The Australian Certified Equine Hoof Care Practitioners ( are bouncing like kangaroos, excited to announce that hoof rehabilitation specialist, author and educator, Pete Ramey is running a series of clinics in AUSTRALIA:

OCTOBER 15th & 16th - Melbourne, Victoria
OCTOBER 22nd & 23rd - Northern Tasmania
OCTOBER 29th and 30th - Canberra, ACT

Pete is a dynamic presenter, and his hands-on practical approach that focuses on “growing a healthier hoof” is the reason his clinics sell out fast.

Australians! The Horse’s Hoof is pleased to be the first publication to bring you the news PETE RAMEY is heading DOWN UNDER.

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December 2015: Loss of Barefoot Police Horse
From the Houston Police Department, December 3, 2015: "It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Charlotte, an HPD Mounted Patrol horse, who died in the line of duty this morning in a motor vehicle accident. This is an ongoing investigation, but the driver of the vehicle is not believed to be at-fault. Her rider, Officer D. Herrejon, was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but is doing well.
Charlotte came to HPD as an unstarted 2-year old Tennessee Walker from Oklahoma. She thrived in HPD Mounted Patrol’s barefoot and natural horsemanship programs. She passed her evaluation period with flying colors and was working the streets of Downtown Houston within a short time of being started under saddle. She loved her job and was always ready to go to work putting bad guys in jail or giving nuzzles to children. She served the citizens of Houston for 4 years.
She will be missed."

“A Barefoot Journey,” one woman’s fight against horse shoes - In the new book, A Barefoot Journey, author Linda Chamberlain gives an account of her quiet battle to ride her horses without metal shoes. It’s a subject of huge debate and division in the equine world, a debate that has led to prosecutions and hate-filled anonymous phone calls. Available on Yvonne Welz says: This book is absolutely delightful! I picked up it one afternoon when I only had "a few minutes" to spare, and literally could not put it down until I read the entire thing! For those of us involved in the barefoot movement, it will remind you of your own journey, and you will realize you share so much in common with Linda. For those new to barefoot, it will provide so much encouragement and resolve to stay the course. And it is beautifully written - so enjoyable to read.

Book from Dutch Henry
“Howdy Friends! It’s for the Horses truly is for the horses. At the urgings of friends who enjoy our Coffee Clutch blog I’ve compiled 3 years of my horse related posts into this book. You’ll enjoy stories about their spirituality, communication, emotions, needs, care, connection, health, exercises, housing, foot care and more. This is not a book about riding or training horses. This is a book on my thoughts, ideas and suggestions on how folks might find the joy in doing things for the horse, with the horse’s point of view as the leading guide. It is my hope to help as many people as possible learn to hear the horse, feel their spirit, and in that way help horses and their people everywhere.” ~ Gitty Up, Dutch Henry
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Book Offers Unprecedented Horse Hoof Care Information “A Modern Look at... THE HOOF” by Monique Craig
From the casual rider to the seasoned veterinarian, there’s information for every horse-lover in this new book on the horse’s hoof. Author Monique Craig is the founder of EponaTech and the Epona-Institute, and inventor of the EponaShoe polyurethane shoe. This book provides a detailed look at the hoof morphology (shape) and function, and discusses implications for how the hoof should be trimmed and cared for, along with real-world application of her shoeing approach. Many case studies are presented, with thorough research and documentation. Available on and

Novel about 19th Century barefoot advocate vet Bracy Clark!!!
Suppressed Research Brought to Light in New Novel “THE FIRST VET” by Linda Chamberlain
Bracy Clark exposed a serious threat to horse health 200 years ago, but his work was suppressed and ridiculed. Now he’s being given a second chance to change the future for the animals he loved, thanks to a page-turning new novel called The First Vet.
Purchase the book on Amazon, available as Kindle or paperback:
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Contact Linda Chamberlain, Tel: 01342 826272
Email: lindachamberlain94 @

Book from Joe Camp: Horses & Stress
“This is an unsolicited review for an outstanding book. And I have to admit, I think this small, simple little book, Horses & Stress – Eliminating the Root Cause of Most Health, Hoof and Behavior Problems, is one of my all time favorites. This is the PERFECT book to give as a gift or recommend to anyone who is just getting interested in caring for their horses in an improved way. Or really it’s the perfect book for every horse owner! What I love about this book is that it gets to the real heart of the matter and Joe is so dang enjoyable to read. This isn’t just about barefoot, or diet, or lifestyle. It is about developing a level of caring for your horse where he is not a vehicle, but a friend and partner, and you want to provide him with the lifestyle that is conducive to his health (not just one that is convenient for your life!) Joe’s simple way of explaining why and how things work will appeal to any horse owner with common sense. He provides the rational explanations behind natural horse care, with the most important reason being that caring for our horses naturally reduces their stress—which fixes just about every domestic equine problem that has ever existed.” — Yvonne Welz, Editor – The Horse’s Hoof (available at Amazon or

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